CAS University

In keeping with our motto "Promoting the Enjoyment of Observing and Learning for All,"
CAS offers these fun and convenient ways to learn more about astronomy and telescopes.

  • Classroom: This year CAS expects to hold several classes available to the public for a small donation and free to members. These classes will emphasize "getting started" subjects such as How to Choose and Buy a Telescope, How to Use Your New Telescope and How Telescopes Work. Hand's on experience both in the classroom and outdoors will be offered. We will also be holding evening continuing education classes on astronomy at Albemarle High School. Schedules will be posted on our What's Up page.
  • Mentoring: All who join CAS will have plenty of opportunities to ask for help and observe with other more experienced amateurs. We have regular monthly meetings as well as ad-hoc observing sessions where help is always available. Members may also join our Yahoo! electronic discussion group. Setting up and using your equipment, finding objects of interest, binocular observing, astrophotography and CCD imaging are all best learned in a friendly social setting.
  • On This Website: You can always get to a wealth of information on the web, starting with the Astro Links page on this website. The Astro How-To and Getting Started categories may be particularly helpful. But, remember, nothing is better than actual observing with friendly, experienced amateur astronomers.
  • Piedmont Science Fair: Each year CAS participates in the Piedmont Regional Science Fair, offering a plaque and a $50 award to the students with the best astronomy-related science projects. See last year's winners at http://www.cvilleastro.org/casnews/sciencefair.
  • Public Outreach: We at CAS are also dedicated to working with the community. If you have a class, scout troup or other group that would like to schedule an observing session, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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